If You Were Born From 1980 to 2005, Here's The Most Wanted Criminal In The Year You Were Born

The FBI has a kept a list of the 10 most wanted criminals in America since 1950. Those who have ended up on the FBI's most wanted list include murderers, drug kingpins, terrorists, and even a member of a well-known mafia crime family. The person on top of the list varies, so the most wanted fugitives from 1980 to 2005 are all different.

Some were captured with the help of the television show America's Most Wanted, while others killed themselves when the police closed in. This list of the FBI's most wanted the year you were born contains some twisted criminals, all of whom committed a number of abominable offenses.


  • 1980 - Albert Victory
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    1980 - Albert Victory

    Caught: February 24, 1981

    Albert Victory and his friend Robert Bornholdt murdered John Varecha, a New York Police Officer, after they were pulled over for a traffic infraction back on October 7, 1968. In 1970, he was sent to the Attica Correctional Facility for the crime, where he remained until his escape in 1978.

    Victory was eventually caught on February 24, 1981, and sentenced to a lengthy prison term for the escape. To this day, he claims that he only fought with Varecha and it was actually Bornholdt who pulled the trigger. Victory received parole in 1999 and remained out of the headlines until 2009, when he was arrested for driving under the influence.  

  • 1981 - Daniel Jay Barney
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    1981 - Daniel Jay Barney

    Died: April 19, 1981

    Daniel Jay Barney and his brother were serial burglars and rapists who preyed on single women. They had a habit of stalking single women, breaking into their apartments, and raping them before taking their valuables.

    On April 19, 1981, Barney broke into Paul Debroeck's apartment. Barney held Debroeck and his girlfriend, along with two other people, hostage for several hours. According to law enforcement, two of the hostages broke free and Barney released the other two before committing suicide

  • 1982 - Thomas William Manning
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    1982 - Thomas William Manning

    Caught: April 24, 1985

    Thomas William Manning killed a New Jersey State Trooper in a shootout on December 21, 1981. This wasn't Manning's first brush with crime, either.

    He also participated in 19 unsuccessful bombings throughout the New York area and played a part in 10 different bank robberies. In 1987, Manning received a 30-year sentence for the murder alone. 

  • 1983 - Laney Gibson Jr.
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    1983 - Laney Gibson Jr.

    Caught: December 18, 1983

    Laney Gibson, Jr. broke out of prison on August 7, 1983. He was in the Clay County, KY prison awaiting trial for murder when he escaped alongside his brother and two other men.

    Gibson, Jr. robbed, raped, and murdered a female postal employee, leaving her mutilated body on the roadside. He was tracked to a Montgomery, AL, motel where he was captured. Less than one year later, he broke out of prison again but was quickly caught hiding in the home of one of his local relatives. 

  • 1984 - George Clarence Bridgette
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    1984 - George Clarence Bridgette

    Caught:  January 30, 1984

    Law enforcement caught up with George Clarence Bridgette while he was living in Miami. On January 30, 1984, he peacefully surrendered on charges of killing four people in Long Beach, CA back in 1977.

    The murders of Pamela Cade, Chinue Cade, Crystal Baxter, and Larry Luther Even were believed to be drug related. Bridgette shot a fifth person at that same residence but she survived.  

  • 1985 - Carmine Persico
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    1985 - Carmine Persico

    Caught: February 15, 1985

    Carmine Persico, a member of the notorious Colombo crime family, received a 100-year prison sentence after being caught in 1985. His charges included racketeering, bribery, buying stolen goods, drug trafficking, and many of the deeds undertaken by the Colombo family during his leadership.

    The FBI put him on their most wanted list after gathering enough evidence to prosecute every person in charge of the Colombo family.